Top 10 shows not to miss this year

From comedians to tributes, Australian icons and tap dancing to The Wiggles there's a show on for everyone!
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

This year the Ipswich Civic Centre presents a stellar line-up of shows not to be missed…

1. The best of Buble Tribute Experience

The Best of Buble is a spectacular show celebrating the songs and the story of Michael Bublé.  Come with your loved one for Valentine’s Day or enjoy a night out with the girls for Galentine’s Day – either way this is an event not to be missed.

International Front man and comedian Rhydian Lewis, leads his Amazing Big Band The Residuals, he and his band are fast becoming Australia’s answer to the likes of Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra. With sold out shows a regular occurrence, be sure to check out this magical touring show.

The show includes a stellar line up of Bublé’s biggest hits including, The Way You Look Tonight, Home, Everything, Lost, Sway, Save The Last Dance For Me, It Had better be Tonight, Moondance, Haven’t Met You Yet, Feeling Good, Cry Me A River and many more.

Laugh, hear stories, and be moved by some of life’s truly touching music, performed by one of Australia’s finest bands. Special guest star Melissa Western performs some of Bublés finest duets with Rhydian.

When: Friday February 14

Cost: $49

Dinner and show package: $79 – Sold out.

2. Les Divas: An all male revue

Les Divas

Presented by Sydney Drag Queen and from the producers of Prada’s Priscillas comes Les Divas: An all-male revue.

Australia’s six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch plays the Goddess of Pop, Cher in her new show set on the Las Vegas Strip featuring an all-star line-up of her most famous friends.

The 90 minute all-male revue includes some of the world’s greatest divas including: Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Diana Ross and of course – Cher!

Hear their greatest hits including: If I Could Turn Back Time, Get The Party Started, Proud Mary, I Will Always Love You and I’m Coming Out.

The show is headlined by Prada Clutch; one of Australia’s most in demand live-singing drag queens. 

The show features a cast of seven, choreographed by Stephen Clarke. Stephen has been Dancing and Choreographing professionally since 1985. Stephen’s experience extends to working with Aussie divas Kylie and Dannii Minogue, as well as international divas Cyndi Lauper and Diana Ross.

Witness the greatest divas being impersonated like never before as they tour Australia in 2020.

When: Saturday February 29

Cost: Adults $65.

3. Busby Marou – The Great Divide Tour 2020

Busby Marou have gained the reputation as one of Australia’s hardest working live bands, best known for their distinctly Australian storytelling and gifted musicianship. 

Tom Busby (hailing from Queensland) and Jeremy Marou (from the beautiful Torres Strait Islands) have been playing music together for over a decade since their initial music connection at a pub in Rockhampton. 

A point of difference for Busby Marou is the energy they put into touring regional Australia with fans from across the country loving the live experience in a country beer barn equally as much as a slick inner-city theatre.

Busby Marou’s success include millions of global streams, top 20 airplay and three ARIA Charting albums.  The band’s self-titled album is certified ARIA Gold, while their follow up album Farewell Fitzroy debuted at #5 on the ARIA albums chart and their most recent album, Postcards From The Shell House, is Busby Marou’s first ARIA #1 album.

When: Friday March 6

Cost: $45.

4. The Italian Tenors

The Italian Tenors

Direct from Italy and returning in 2020 for their third Australian tour, the Italian Tenors are three of Europe’s most successful operatic tenors who have become a worldwide pop-opera phenomenon.

Evans Tonon, Sabino Gaita and Luca Sala toured Australia in 2016 on their inaugural tour which saw the group play to sell out performances Australia wide.

Audiences will see them once again combine their classical roots with Neopolitan songs and their own blend of Italian pop classics. This is a show that has become a must see event for all who love the great arias of Puccini and Verdi, the Neopolitan standards of Caruso and Mario Merola and the melodious hits of San Remo.

Their 2020 Australian tour promises all the Italian charm and vocal power of their sold out European tour. Together with their live band, the evening promises to be an incredible musical montage of vocal passion and entertainment excellence.

When: Thursday March 26

Cost: $75

 

5. Ross Noble

Ross Noble

Randomist cult comedian Ross Noble is set to return to the stage in 2020 for his new show Humournoid. The show will visit 27 regional and metropolitan locations throughout Australia, while promising a truly unique stand-up experience.

With an on-stage presence like no other, his exuberance, spontaneity and cerebral style have established Ross as one of the world’s best-loved comedians. Freewheeling and off the cuff, join the master surrealist as he uses an infinite imagination and plenty of tomfoolery in a night not to be missed.

When: Friday March 27

Cost: $49.90

6. The Wiggles

The Wiggles

The Wiggles are coming to the Ipswich Civic Centre as part of their Fun and Games Tour!

This never before seen show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony singing and dancing their way around Australia with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and newest Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn!

Creator of The Wiggles and Blue Wiggle Anthony said “The Fun and Games Tour is a truly wonderful show and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it! You’ll hear all the classic songs you love plus new ones!”

“The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. We hope to see you there!”

This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person.

With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your seat fast as tickets to the Fun and Games Tour will sell like hot potatoes!

When: Wednesday April 15 at 10am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Cost: $32.50

Tickets go on sale at 10am Thursday February 6.

7. The 21st Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Join a diverse line-up of the hottest acts direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a very special show that is sure to tickle everyone’s funny bone.

Featuring a cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and special guest international performers, the Ipswich Civic Centre are home-delivering Australia’s largest comedy festival in one jam-packed night of the biggest and best belly laughs you’ll have all year.

For over 20 years the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song to towns and cities across Australia.

When: Tuesday May 5

Tickets: $40pp, groups over four are $30pp.

8. The Gruffalo’s Child

The Gruffalo's Child

The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood…

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the big bad mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. After all, the big bad mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?

A trio of bright new performers fill the forest with colourful characters and foot-tapping, sing-along songs. Audiences will be dazzled with brand new costumes when the return season entices fans with the magic of the deep dark wood.

The Australian production of The Gruffalo’s Child has attracted critical acclaim, with the Sydney Morning Herald describing it as “winningly played”, and the Courier Mail saying it “can’t fail to please”.

The team behind The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses return with The Gruffalo’s Child, bringing together physical theatre, music and puppetry to deliver songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and up, and their adults. Don’t miss it!

When: Wednesday May 27

Cost: $20pp, family of four $15pp

9. The Tap Pack

The Tap Pack

Direct from sold out houses and rave reviews in London, Berlin and Beijing, Australia’s newest and hottest tap dance sensation, The Tap Pack is coming to Ipswich!

Picking up where The Rat Pack left off, The Tap Pack conjures up a modern twist to the crooners and artists from the 50s through to the noughties! Featuring songs from Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr to Sheeran, Buble and Beyonce.

The Tap Pack mix humour, high energy entertainment and world class tap dance.

A show of pure entertainment inspired by the legendary kings of swing, The Rat Pack, freshly created for the audience today. Cool classics with a fresh new twist. All your favourites including The Lady Is a Tramp, Come Fly with Me, One For my Baby, Me And my Shadow and much more.

They sing. They dance. They joke. They bring a new, invigorating energy to a timeless style!

When: Tuesday June 9

Cost: $69.90, concession $64.90, VIP $89.90 

VIP Tickets:  These tickets include exclusive access to sound check, meet and greet with the cast and a signed poster. VIP ticket holders will need to arrive at the venue no later than one hour prior to the shows performance time.

10. John Williamson: Celebrating 50 years

It was 1970 when John Williamson released his first song, Old Man Emu which kick started a five-decade career crafting out some of Australia’s unofficial anthems, tender ballads and songs that captured the outback landscape and the people of the country.

He has toured the country like few others selling over five million albums along the way and was recognised by being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2010.

With all that he has achieved, his combined milestones in 2020 will also have him officially announcing that 2020 will be his last major year of touring.

Mallee Boy, True Blue, Fair Dinkum, or whatever you call him, there is no other performer who stirs the Aussie spirit as he does and 2020 could be the final time you get to experience his inspiring concert in your town or city.

Book online.

When: Thursday October 15. 

Cost: Adults $64, concession $59, children $35.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his bestie Milly the Wombat, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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